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Curbside Recycling Graph 2006-2011 The City of Lyndhurst Recycling Program
In late 2008 the City of Lyndhurst implemented the automated recycling program. Each household was provided with a wheeled cart container for all recyclables which included paper, plastics, glass, steel and aluminum cans. Since the inception of this program our recycling tonnage has increased over 33% while reducing costs by 24%!
We further reduced costs with the implementation of our yard waste program. With your participation we collected 1,186 tons of yard waste in 2011 (for a savings of over $40,000) that did not end in the landfill, but is being composted at a nearby facility. We want to encourage you, our residents, to recycle more.
The more that is recycled the less money will be spent burying trash at the landfill. Please take advantage of these programs and do your part for our community.

Put all of your Recycling in the Blue Cart

All of your recyclables should be placed in your blue cart. This is known as single stream recycling.
Your cart should be wheeled close to the curb with the metal bar facing the street and no obstructions within three feet of the cart, not close to a telephone pole, fire hydrant or rubbish.
If obstructions are close to the cart, the truck will not be able to lift the container to empty it.
Please place these empty recyclable items in your blue cart:
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glass bottles & jars (any color, no lids)

Paper Recycling

In addition to newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and corrugated cardboard, you can use your blue recycling cart to recycle these paper products:
  • Pizza boxes
  • Junk Mail
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Envelopes
  • Office and computer paper
  • Phone and paper backed books
  • Cereal and cracker boxes
  • Soda Cases etc.
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Magazines (including glossy print)

There are certain papers that we cannot recycle:
  • Wax coated boxes (i.e. milk cartons, juice boxes)

Recycle More Plastics

The recycling program accepts all plastic bottles, Numbers 1 through 7 (except motor oil bottles).
Plastics We Do Not Recycle:
There are still plastics we do not recycle because there are no markets for the material and the recycling center will not accept them. Do not recycle the following plastic regardless of the number on the bottom:
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Film or Wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Buckets or Pails
  • Clothes hangers

Single Stream Recycling Tips:

  • Flatten your cardboard boxes and place them inside your recycling cart. Boxes that do not fit inside your cart should be flattened and cut down to a 3' x 3' size, tied in bundles and placed next to your cart.

  • Place shredded paper in a brown paper bag before putting it in your cart.

  • Do not put plastic bags in your recycling cart.

  • Flattening boxes, cans and plastic bottles will save space in your cart for other recyclables.
Do not put trash, pet waste or yard waste in your blue recycling cart. Carts containing trash or yard waste will not be collected.

Common Recycling Errors:

The Recycling Department recently sorted through recyclables we collected looking for some of the common mistakes Lyndhurst recyclers make. Here are the most common items that residents put in their recycling carts that should have been put in the trash.
  • Using recycling container for trash.

  • Putting recycling in old buckets, bins or trash cans that we assume is trash.

  • Not putting or placing recycling in a separate area - please place at least five feet from other containers.

  • Not cleaned or rinsed out - No dirt or soil in yard planters or pots, no food residue, no cat litter, etc.

  • No window glass, ceramic dishes or cups.

  • No small appliances - coffee makers, toasters, etc.

  • No plastic buckets, bins, pails, trash cans, broken laundry baskets, trash can lids, milk crates, pop cases, etc.

  • No styrofoam (whole pieces or peanuts).

  • Don't hide unacceptable items in recycling or trash: Paint, styrofoam peanuts, etc.

Questions and Answers about the new Recycling Program:

Q: Can I get an additional recycling cart and how do I know which are mine?
A: Yes, if you fill your recycling cart weekly and you seem to always need more room call the Service Department and tell us you need an additional cart. We will drop off one as soon as possible. The Service Department has a database of all cart serial numbers, but please jot down your cart's serial number and keep it with your records. The cart is owned by the City and stays "with the house". You are not to take it with you if you move, use it for other purposes, etc.
Q: Do I have to take the cart out every week?
A: No, you do not have to take the cart out every week. If it is only partially filled one week, you might want to keep it in your garage until it is full. You can also hold off after a heavy snowfall. However, we will pick it up every week even if it is only partially full. It's up to you.
Q: Is there a proper way to put the cart at the curb?
A: Yes, there are arrows on the cart that show you which direction it should face in order for the "arm" of the truck to pick it up. As always, you want to keep the cart at least three feet away from you trash so they are not mixed and the "arm" has room to grab the container. Please keep the cart away from hydrants, poles, trees or anything that could hinder the "arm" from grabbing the cart.
Q: When do I take the cart out?
A: Take your cart out on your normal trash day. Keep in mind, all residents are to place trash and recycling out after 5:00pm the night before trash day - there is an ordinance prohibiting you from putting it out earlier. Please have the cart out by 7:00am the day of pickup. Also, please bring the cart (as well as your garbage cart) back in as soon as possible.
Q: Who is responsible for maintenance if your cart needs repair?
A: The Toter carts have a ten year warranty from the manufacturer. The City of Lyndhurst Service Department will repair your cart or exchange it for a new cart, depending on circumstances and what repairs are warranted.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Call the Lyndhurst Service Department at (440) 473-5100.

Hazardous Household Waste

Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) is accepted during our weekend rubbish program hours 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from mid-April through mid-November. HHW can also be dropped off at the Service Department during regular office hours 7:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.
The following are considered Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) and should not be put into regular trash. These items should be dropped off:
  • Paints - latex & oil based in sealed original containers

  • Pesticides

  • Fertilizers

  • Turpentine, paint remover & solvents

  • Batteries - car, Ni-cad & lithium. Alkaline batteries can be disposed in the rubbish

  • 4' & 8' florescent bulbs, please take CFLs to Home Depot for recycling

  • Propane tanks

  • Motor oil, kerosene, gasoline & antifreeze

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Household cleaners

Tires are only accepted (off the rim) during weekend rubbish hours in late summer/early fall for one month. Please call for an updated time.
Computers can be recycled, either place them on your treelawn in front of the blue recycling cart (on the street side) or drop them off at the Service Department office during regular working hours, 7:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

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